Mailbird Hackathon Update #2

Hi again!

Wow, it has been 2 weeks and we have been cranking out tons of changes for the upcoming Contacts Manager and Mailbird 2.0 launch. There really is a ton of blood, sweat and tears going into this…you have NO idea! We are loving every moment of this though because it means we are getting closer to bringing some email magic into your hands.

 

Here’s a quick update:

 

In case you missed it, here are the hackathon highlights for week 2:

1) Spell Check now works with our transition from Awesomium to Chromium Embedded Framework.

2) We’ve started the super polished design for the really handy notification center that will blow your mind once you see how handy it is in helping you get the most out of Mailbird.

New Notification Center

3) With the new contacts manager, if you have a duplicate contact you can now merge them into one keeping your contacts nice and clean. Way to stay organized and stay connected!

4) Remember last week when we said the contact group functionality was there, but still needed some work? Well now it is good to go so you can now send an email to a group you created directly from the contacts manager.

5) Another awesome update in the contacts manager that keeps on evolving is the ability to multi-select contacts using Ctrl or Shift, allowing you to then right click and send an email to all, copy the email addresses, delete contacts and assign to a group you created. Awesome!

6) We have the preliminary designs for the first email Snooze feature as an introductory to the Mailbird Wingman. Oh this will be so nice to have…inbox zero here we come.

Snooze

7) We’ve improved the layout of how attachments are displayed so you no longer have to scroll to the right.

8) We added an awesome new productivity app to Mailbird called Moo.do which is developed by our new friend here at Startup Getaway in Bali, named Jay. He used to work for Microsoft and is an excellent developer. Thanks to Jay, we cannot wait to help you guys get more productive with the new Moo.do app in Mailbird 2.0 🙂

Moo.do app

9) We are bringing the Swipe to archive and Swipe to move to inbox feature to Mailbird 2.0. It will be compatible with touchscreen devices and mouse track pads – woo!

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10) We are getting closer to the new licensing system that will have much better performance and an improved experience for Mailbird Pro and Pro Lifetime users.

 11) We have more people testing MailbirdX, which is the experimental version for Mailbird 2.0 so stay tuned as we will open MailbirdX up to more people soon. It’s SO awesome.

 12) We are working on some great rewards for our Mailbird Pro and Pro Lifetime users to thank you guys for another great year with Mailbird. Basically, you guys are the best and we could not do this without your support. It really means the world to us and we really hope you know this.

 13) We’ve been updating our software testing practices to ensure the best possible experience for you once the Contacts Manager is published in the public version of Mailbird. Can’t wait for you guys to finally try it.

 14) We are taking a close look at our feature requests as well to really prioritize those that have the most votes, in planning for what is to come next.

15) We have received an overwhelming response to the Mailbird senior C# developer job opening and have started evaluating some of these awesome candidates. Cannot wait so we can put more resources into more of the highly anticipated features you’ve been waiting for in Mailbird.

16) We continue to improve the translations in Mailbird throughout the application so it is more user friendly for our users all over the world. Really cool to see Mailbird being used globally.

17) Mailbird will be featured on two upcoming podcasts that we’ll share with you soon. Stay tuned to hear more about what we have going on once they are published and for more Mailbird news on the interwebs 😉

18) We are also looking for new ways to connect with our beloved users more so keep an eye out for our occasional check-in just to say hello and see how things are going.

19) We published 2 new blogs in case you missed them: Mailbird Hackathon Update #1 and one of our team members, Leo, sent us an email with super annoying signature. He became our running gag for the day but also inspired us to write this blog post Do Me A Favor and Change Your Email Signature. Send him some love by emailing [email protected], poor guy, but we love him.

Sad Leo

20) We will launch the Mailbird API soon after launching Mailbird 2.0 and invite you and people you know to be the first to create your own app to further customize your productive email experience. Sign up here today!

 

Stay tuned…

Phew! That was a lot of new stuff. Our team is working like well-oiled machine and we aren’t slowing down any time soon. Two more kick ass weeks into the Mailbird Hackathon, with tons of more Mailbird 2.0 developments coming your way.

Here’s our team in action for week 2 into the Mailbird hackathon. Hacking away late into the night!

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We are so pumped about all the stuff we’ve gotten done this past week that we had to have a epic dance off. So not only is Mailbird getting more amazing, but so are our dance moves.

Dance Off

 

We take this seriously.

Just so you know, we are serious about this hackathon. This is what happens to those who don’t meet their deadlines….

Tell Abe what you think he should get done during this hackathon in the comments below 🙂

  • Eno Thiemann

    Is the much-praised contacts manager already a part of MailbirdX and somehow restricted to Gmail account users? Since I cannot see it there anywhere o.O, it’s not listed as an app as well…

    • dzek

      it’s in MailbirdAlpha, not X

      it’s not restricted to Gmail, actually – it does NOT sync with Gmail

      to Mailbird staff:
      Will it sync (both ways) with Gmail contacts when released? Will it have ability to set contact picture by myself?

      • Eno Thiemann

        Is the alpha version even more advanced, dzek? Didn’t dare to try it out yet :D.

        • dzek

          not sure. both of them has some new features, but I cannot tell you which one is more feature filled

      • Leonardo

        Hi

        Sync feature is a little bit tricky, so it might not be available in the initial launch of Mailbird 2.0. But we will have an import feature for the contact list.

    • Leonardo

      Hi Eno

      Contact manager is only available in alpha right now it’s not available in X (developer version of Mailbird 2.0), and we are going to release it first in Mailbird 1.0. Of course once Mailbird 2.0 is released, it will also have the contact manager

  • Have you all thought about adding some kind of “order” tab for all e-mail accounts so that I can stay organized?

    • Leonardo

      Hi Karolina

      Can you tell me more about this “order” tab? Is it similar to Gmails social tabs?

  • Shyuan

    Really love the improvements, may i know how do i become a tester? Thank you 🙂

    • Pallav Kaushish

      Hi Shyuan, can you send a quick email to [email protected] and we will hook you up. 🙂

      • Shyuan

        Hi Pallav,

        Thank you, and sent! 🙂

  • Kimberly

    A few weeks ago I posted hoping to get Sidekick (formerly known as Signals from Hubspot) integrated into Mailbird. Any plans for this?

    • Pallav Kaushish

      We have actually approached Hubspot for the integration but their tech team is swamped with a lot of work so it might take a while. But we are hopeful.

      Maybe you can email them and ask for it? 🙂

  • Mark Meakins

    hi wish i could change the layout of mailbird so have my folders showing with vertical layout as have to switch between the two layouts in the appearance menu

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